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Steven Nereo

American, b. 1970

Los Angeles-based photographer Steven Nereo began taking snapshots between waves while surfing Malibu and Venice Beach in the 1990’s. Trial and error in the water allowed him to develop the unique vantage point that imbues his photos with their immersive quality. Printed in large format, the work often resembles color field paintings more than photographs. Nereo tracks the weather and watches surf cams seeking out ideal conditions where the waves are flat and the pauses between them are dead calm. “It doesn’t happen that often here” he says, “so you really have to watch everyday for when it does.”